Tuesday 30 November, Zedlines

Prospective Queensland Liberal National candidates are being required to undergo aptitude tests before being allowed run for office.

The psychometric tests are designed to reveal a person’s ability to both think on the spot and call on past experience. The LNP has refused to reveal how many people have failed the exam so far.

It has not been revealed whether those who now form the new Shadow Cabinet, following John-Paul Langbroek’s reshuffle yesterday, will be required to undergo testing.

Brisbane has been found to have some of the worst police to citizen ratios in Queensland.

Though the state average is roughly 1 officer to every 430 citizens, south Brisbane’s ratio is roughly 1 in 620, and Brisbane’s west is roughly 1 in 900.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said plans were being followed to introduce a further 600 officers before the next election, but that resources are allocated to regions according to individual needs.

South Korea has increased its military presence on Yeongpyeong Island, following shelling from North Korea last week.

North Korea has accused the South of provoking the attack, however the South said their actions at the time were simply training exercises. South Korea later returned fire on the North.

An emergency meeting of the U.N. is expected to be held either today or tomorrow.

A report has found Queensland’s average life expectancy has increased from 78 to 80 over the last decade.

However, adult overweight and obesity rates are now at 61 percent, a 50 percent increase from figures taken in 2008.

Queensland chief Health Officer Dr. Jeanette Young said Queensland was enjoying good health levels, but indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities were still under represented.

The Moranbah Workers Club will tonight rally to plan protests over the Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s plans to exclusively use non-local workers.

The MBA plan to fly in workers from South-East Queensland, a move the Workers Club say will devastate regional businesses and force mining families to live apart.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the fly in fly out approach is necessary in a tight labour market.

A federal parliamentary inquiry has heard a northern Indigenous leader’s claims the Wild River laws are restricting development opportunities in the area.

The laws, which were introduced to prevent farming and tourism, have already been criticised by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for denying traditional owners to benefit from the land.

The inquiry has been established to determine the fairness of the laws, however other indigenous community leaders have also spoken out against the restrictions.

Queensland Health Unions are threatening to strike tomorrow if demands for a pay increase are not met.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser yesterday met with health officials, but was unable to come to an agreement.

Health workers planning to strike said emergency care will still be provided, but other services are expected to face disruption.

Prospective Queensland Liberal National candidates are being required to undergo aptitude tests before being allowed run for office.

The psychometric tests are designed to reveal a person’s ability to both think on the spot and call on past experience. The LNP has refused to reveal how many people have failed the exam so far.

It has not been revealed whether those who now form the new Shadow Cabinet, following John-Paul Langbroek’s reshuffle yesterday, will be required to undergo testing.

A report has found Queensland’s average life expectancy has increased from 78 to 80 over the last decade.

However, adult overweight and obesity rates are now at 61 percent, a 50 percent increase from figures taken in 2008.

Queensland chief Health Officer Dr. Jeanette Young said Queensland was enjoying good health levels, but indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities were still under represented.

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